Trade-Ideas LLC identified Biocryst Pharmaceuticals ( BCRX) as a weak on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Biocryst Pharmaceuticals as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • BCRX has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $6.3 million.
  • BCRX has traded 89,094 shares today.
  • BCRX is trading at 2.17 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • BCRX is trading at a new low 4.12% below yesterday's close.

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More details on BCRX:

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, designs, optimizes, and develops small molecule drugs that block key enzymes involved in the pathogenesis of diseases. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Biocryst Pharmaceuticals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Biocryst Pharmaceuticals has been 713,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Biocryst has a market cap of $549.3 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of 2.14 and a short float of 18.5% with 8.86 days to cover. Shares are down 29.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Biocryst Pharmaceuticals as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 67.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$8.73 million to -$14.62 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Biotechnology industry and the overall market, BIOCRYST PHARMACEUTICALS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$12.66 million or 47.20% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 34.37%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 66.66% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • BIOCRYST PHARMACEUTICALS INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BIOCRYST PHARMACEUTICALS INC reported poor results of -$0.68 versus -$0.55 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.60 versus -$0.68).

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